Public Hearing: Time to Show North Carolinians Support Our Nationally Recognized Early Childhood Programs

The latest information on tomorrow’s public hearing on the budget follows. There are several ways to participate. It is vital that during such a public debate, that you stand up and speak on the need to preserve North Carolina’s early childhood system and future prosperity. There are two actions that you need to take.

1) Attend either the event in Raleigh or one of the video sites.
Both the live and video events will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Make sure that you have found at least one person to speak on early childhood issues at each location. Don’t forget to wear your Smart Start t-shirts and download a sign to bring. This is our chance to demonstrate that North Carolinians support our nationally recognized early childhood programs.

Live Location
Museum of History Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Video Sites:
Johnston Community College (Tart 154), Smithfield, NC
Bladen Community College (Teaching Auditorium), Dublin, NC
Central Piedmont Community College (Central Campus), Charlotte, NC
Fayetteville Technical Community College (Room #2), Fayetteville, NC
Forsyth Technical Community College (Hauser 158), Winston-Salem, NC
Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC
Southwestern Community College (Balsam Center, 3rd Floor), Sylva, NC
Surry Community College (Room E110), Dobson, NC
Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson, NC
Martin Community College, Williamston, NC

2) Submit written comments.
Email:  Town.Hall@NCLEG.NET (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Online:  http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/PublicHearingComments/ (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Fax: 919-754-3328 (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Mail:  House Appropriations Committee, Suite 401, LOB, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (If postmarked by 4/29/2009

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2 responses to “Public Hearing: Time to Show North Carolinians Support Our Nationally Recognized Early Childhood Programs

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  2. J Page

    Fully Fund Pre-School Programs
    Pre-School classrooms provide critical services for children at risk of school FAILURE.

    Since the implementation of Pre-school programs funded by TITLE 1 or More@Four, North Carolina public schools have moved from being ranked near the bottom of 50 states to being 26th. Critical pre-school programs contributed significantly to this increase in student performance from elementary to high-school.

    Critical Pre-School services include:
    • Strong academic programming supporting the whole child and skills needed for the 21st century learner
    • Onsite interventions Individual Education Plans & services (Psychological services, Behavior Support Specialists, Student Support Team, Speech Language Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, English Language Learner Liaisons, Librarian, School Social Worker, School Nurse and Technology Facilitator)
    • FREE Bus Transportation to and from school for all
    • FREE and reduced breakfast and Lunch to qualified families
    • Establishing Partnerships with local, elementary, high schools and universities to strengthen our relationship with the community
    • Ensuring a strong home/school connection (Parent Teacher Association-PTA, host parent meetings and parent workshops)
    • Teachers that must have a North Carolina Teaching License
    • Teachers that are Highly Qualified and some that are Nationally Board Certified
    • Teachers and Para educators that attend high quality professional development workshops

    FULLY FUND PRE-SCHOOL programs, so that we can continue to reduce school failure rates and increase student success rates. This in-turn produces a Highly Trained Work force, prepared for our 21st century global society.

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